Honda CB500R CB500F and CB500X January sales war limiting

Uni hints at more LAMS bikes limits

The learner-approved motorcycle scheme (LAMS) should not only consider limits on power-to-weight (PTW) ratio and engine capacity, but also motorcycle type. The suggestion is included in a new Monash University’s Accident Research Centre report that assesses factors affecting crash risk related to PTW ratio, engine capacity and motorcycle type. It found that crash risk increased with the …

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Honda CB300R boosts small naked market

Honda CB300R boosts small naked market

Novice riders interested in the small capacity naked market now have an even wider variety of motorcycles to choose from with the addition of the Honda CB300R. The all-new learner-approved bike will cost $5999 (plus on-road costs) and is slightly more retro looking than its sister CB300FA ($5699). Naked market This section of the market is …

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Yamaha MT-03 masters of torque noisy

Yamaha recalls MT-03 over noisy gears

Yamaha Motor Australia has issued a fourth recall on their learner-approved MT-03, this time for a machining defect that makes the gears noisy. The official recall notice issued through the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the machining defect in the primary drive and driven meshing gears could make the bike excessively noisy during acceleration …

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Kawasaki Ninja 400 to cost more

Kawasaki Ninja 400 to cost a ‘bit more’

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 will cost only slightly more than the popular Ninja 300 it replaces when it arrives in Australia. It is expected to arrive here in February, says Kawasaki Motor Australia marketing co-ordinator Milo Dokmanovic. “Ride away price is not much higher than the Ninja 300,” he says. Depending on your location price is $7699 …

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2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

Kawasaki Ninja 400 replaces 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 could be just what the Japanese manufacturer needs to get its most popular learner-approved motorcycle back on the top-seller’s list. The Ninja 300 ruled in Australia for a few years from its introduction in 2013. However, it has been surpassed in recent years by other small-capacity learner bikes from the other …

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BMW G 310 R

2017 BMW G 310 R road test

The arrival of the BMW G 310 R was delayed more than eight months, but it certainly has been worth the wait. It was scheduled to arrive in Australia in late 2016, but didn’t arrive until recently. BMW Motorrad Australia boss Andreas Lundgren says the reason for the delay was quality control at the Indian factory. The G …

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Harley-Davidson Street Rod - wider choice

Hopes for wider LAMS model choice

Novice riders could soon have a wider choice of motorcycles such as the Street Rod (above) under the Learner-Approved Scheme (LAMS) if Harley-Davidson has its way. The company is planning to put a proposal to Australian governments through the Federal Chamber for Automotive Industries to axe the 660cc engine capacity limit. Instead, it would retain the 150kW …

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Honda CB500F

Honda drops price on CB500F

Honda continues to drop its prices in the wake of an 18.1% drop in sales in the first quarter of 2017 with the latest being the 2017 model CB500F. The learner-approved street fighter has arrived in dealerships at $7299, down $600 on last year’s model. It comes in Millennium Red/Graphite Black and Matte Gunpowder Black Metallic. This follows Honda’s …

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